Medal of Excellence

The American Association of Kidney Patients’ (AAKP) Medal of Excellence is one of the Association's highest honors for kidney healthcare professionals and is designed to elevate local, national and international figures who have been in the forefront of advancements in kidney care and patient empowerment. The award recognizes professionals who are committed to improving and extending the lives of all  kidney patients through advocacy, research, technology and quality-driven  treatments that protect patient dignity and fully align with patient aspirations. This prestigious award program recognizes a variety of professionals within the health care team including: nephrologists, transplant surgeons, transplant professionals, nurses, social workers, dietitians and dialysis technicians.

2023 Award Recipients

Transplant Surgeon Category

Mark D. Stegall, MD

Physician Category

Samir K. Nangia, MD, CPE, ACC, FASN

Transplant Professional Category

Vineeta Kumar, MD, FAST

dialysis technician category

Heather Paradis


Sara Eve Schaeffer, MBA, MA, RD


Katina Lang-Lindsey, PhD, LMSW

nursing category

Pamela Hoyt-Hudson, RN, BSN

nursing category

Janae Thompson, RN, BSN

AAKP honors Medal of Excellence recipients throughout the year at various events.  2024 recognition events* include:

  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons Symposium: January 11 - 14, 2024
  • National Association of Nephrology technicians/Technologists DialysisTechConneXion41: March 25-28, 2024
  • Renal Physicians Association Annual Meeting: April 11 - 14, 2024
  • American Transplant Congress - American Society of Transplant Town Hall: June 1 - 5, 2023 

*Additional events will be added as they are confirmed.

Past Award Recipients

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AAKP Thanks Our 2023 Medal of Excellence Sponsors!